RSWLiving - - Making Waves - — Beth Lu­berecki

When grad­u­ates of Florida Gulf Coast Univer­sity’s School of Re­sort & Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment se­cure their first full- time job, there’s a good chance they have Jen­nifer Jor­dan McGurk to thank. As the pro­gram’s in­tern­ship co­or­di­na­tor, she helps stu­dents find and land their two re­quired in­tern­ships, with the hopes that the sec­ond one leads to full- time em­ploy­ment.

“It’s so sat­is­fy­ing to find a great match for the stu­dent that’s also a great match for the em­ployer,” she says. “And then the next thing you know, a cou­ple of years later the stu­dent’s in man­age­ment [ at that em­ployer].”

McGurk works with some 400 lo­cal business part­ners, ev­ery­thing from re­sorts and coun­try clubs to event spa­ces and non­prof­its, many of whom re­turn to the in­tern­ship pro­gram year after year. Her ded­i­ca­tion to ful­fill­ing the needs of both stu­dents and em­ploy­ers earned her FGCU’s 2013- 2014 Lut­gert Col­lege of Business Out­stand­ing Staff Award.

“I do it for the stu­dents, to make sure that they get a qual­ity in­tern­ship ex­pe­ri­ence and a full- time po­si­tion when they grad­u­ate,” she says. “See­ing them land great po­si­tions just brings so much joy and hap­pi­ness to me.” 239- 590- 1000, fgcu. edu

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